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RV And Glamping Resort Moving Closer To Approval On Southern End Of Jordanelle

Wasatch County

A Resort on the south side of Jordanelle featuring RV sites, glamping and cabins took one step closer to approval on Thursday. 

Wasatch County Planning Commission forwarded a favorable recommendation regarding approval of a Master Plan for Cove Point Resort at their meeting Thursday evening. 

The nearly 120-acre area is located on the southern end of the Jordanelle Reservoir on the north side of highway 35 and just east of the Sorenson Annexation. The proposed resort would have 89 RV spaces, 20 small cabins, 40 glamping sites, a restaurant, conference center and storage units. Planning commissioner Mark Hendricks expressed his support of the proposal. 

“I think this is a good idea for the county, the broader community,” Hendricks said. “This type of use, I think the location is great for that generally. Specifically, the details need to be worked out, but I'm very supportive of this.” 

While the planning commission did unanimously recommend approval to the county council, they did have some concerns that they wanted addressed. One was the fact that the resort did not yet have plans to fill a requirement to connect to public trails. Paul Berg, representing the applicant explained their current issue with that request. 

“One of the reasons that we didn’t show other trails is we had reviewed the Sorenson master plan to the West of us which just shows that area as open space,” Berg continued. “So, we knew that there wasn't any development that we needed to connect into. North of us is property associated with the Jordanelle Reservoir. That didn't really leave us with anywhere to connect to, but we’ll work with staff to see what we need to do to bring it in compliance.” 

Another issue raised by the planning commission was regarding future patron's likely desire to access the lake from the resort. Berg says they’ll work with Jordanelle State Park on that issue. 

“Sometimes the state park says hey we want you to enter at a controlled access,” Berg explained. “So, one of their boat ramps or one of their other places. I think that's the only thing we have to work out, is if they would allow us to build a path through their property to get to the lake. Otherwise they usually want them to go through a controlled access.” 

If users are unable to access the reservoir from the resort, the commission recommended signage to prevent patrons from wandering down to the water's edge. Berg also said they’ll be asking the Wasatch County Council to approve five employee housing units on site. 

“That will allow for our glamping operator, our conference center and restaurant operator, and then to have three employee housing units for the RV park. One for each eight-hour shift,” Berg said. “If they approve that then that shapes our affordable housing strategy. If they cut those number of units back, then that will also influence our strategy. But once we have their decision it will help us to put a plan together for preliminary.” 

While all amenities would be open during the summer, glamping would not be available during winter. Using other RV campgrounds as a reference, they expect to be at about 25% capacity during winters.

KPCW reporter David Boyle covers all things in the Heber Valley as well as sports and breaking news.
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